The Orchid Room KL

Afternoon Tea in the Orchid Conservatory, The Majestic Kuala Lumpur

Afternoon tea at the Colonial Café in The Majestic Kuala Lumpur has always been a classy affair: lace napkins, bone china, Italian silverware and gracious service all in a beautifully restored colonial building. Taking the beloved British tradition up a notch however, we reserve a table in the Orchid Conservatory.

afternoon tea, the orchid room, the majestic kuala lumpur
Rows and Rows of Orchids

The glass-walled nursery is lined with rows and rows of delicate tropical orchids. Air seems cleaner and fresher in here and we breathe more deeply attempting to fill our lungs with its benefits. Tables are dressed simply with white linens and adornment is a fresh vase of red roses. White-jacketed waiters see us to our table and our drink order is taken immediately.

afternoon tea, the orchid room, the majestic kuala lumpur
Table Decoration

A regular afternoon tea in Colonial Café comes with a choice of black tea or freshly brewed coffee. The premium price of dining in the Orchid Conservatory however gifts a choice of black tea, chamomile or green tea, along with any style of brewed or espresso based coffee. Assistant manager Yap seems to be hinting that at least one of us have a coffee. We learn later that he was formerly a barista and we smile when hubby’s cappuccino arrives with a cute bear motif atop the foam.

afternoon tea, the orchid room, the majestic kuala lumpur
afternoon tea, the orchid room, the majestic kuala lumpur

A three-tiered platter arrives shortly after our beverages and each layer is explained as it’s laid on the table.

afternoon tea, the orchid room, the majestic kuala lumpur
Afternoon Tea in the Orchid Room

With Christmas just around the corner, the dessert tray has been appropriately themed: a thick slice of dense stolen; a petite cherry gingerbread cupcake with creamy cinnamon frosting; a deliciously buttery almond streusel mince pie; a soft white and dark chocolate yule log cake; a mini shot glass of spice red fruit delice; and our all time favourite from the YTL central kitchen, the caramel and hazelnut praline cookie crumb choux.

afternoon tea, the orchid room, the majestic kuala lumpur
Tray of Desserts
afternoon tea, the orchid room, the majestic kuala lumpur
Inside Our Favourite Dessert

Scones, both plain and cranberry, make up the middle deck and are favourably accompanied by strawberry preserve and clotted cream. I am a bit of a fuss when it comes to scones, but these pass the test. Still warm from the oven they’re moderately golden on top and light and fresh within. They have just enough density however to not be confused with a cake, and have sufficient flavour on their own that you could get away with a just thin spread of butter, although jam and cream do top them off decadently.

afternoon tea, the orchid room, the majestic kuala lumpur
Scones, Jam and Cream

The bottom row consists of an array of sandwiches: rye bread with bbq chicken and pickled onion; éclair sandwiches with Norwegian shrimp; wholemeal bread with egg and kyuri; smoked salmon and tomato cream cheese with white bread; and focaccia bread with mango chutney. Obviously freshly made, this was my favourite layer. Hubby was of the same mind until the final delivery made its appearance.

afternoon tea, the orchid room, the majestic kuala lumpur
Assortment of Sandwiches

Served in a copper box, chef’s selection of hot savouries change with the kitchen’s fancy. Today we have spring rolls, chicken bites and shredded fish and coconut balls partnered with chili and tartar sauces. Warm and satisfying they end the assortment ensuring our tummies are full and our taste buds content.

afternoon tea, the orchid room, the majestic kuala lumpur
Hot Savouries

Reservations are essential. You might be lucky to get a table in a few days notice during the week, but for weekends, plan ahead and expect about a six-week wait. The afternoon tea is priced at RM108 nett per person.

Reasons to visit: beautiful setting; gracious service; quality afternoon tea selection.

The Majestic Kuala Lumpur
5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin
50000 Kuala Lumpur
+6 03 2785 8000

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  1. Clearly a class above the rest. Happy Christmas to you and your loved ones, cheers!!!

  2. Very colonial Pukka!
    Yes – “Tiffin” I think is the word.
    Christmas day here and already the pool next door has
    the kids trying out what looks like as snorkling gear. All appear
    to be miniature frogmen in training. Except these frogmen are not
    doing frogmen work by stealth!!!
    Will be cool here with likely afternoon storms.
    Just got a Christmas call from a friend in Burra, SA and the temperature is
    already 39 Celsius – thankfully a storm hit and doused the bushfire that flared up
    due to a lightning strike yesterday.

    Cheers and merry Christmas
    El Colin Cordibes

  3. my grandmother would truly adore this place, as she loves orchids, and she used to go watch orchid competitions many years ago 🙂

  4. I love this place. Lovely orchid and flower decoration. And all the mouth watering desserts. Merry Christmas and Happy weekend!

  5. Hello, the orchids are just beautiful The food and sweets look delicious too. Thanks for sharing.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family! I wish you all the best in 2016, Happy New Year!

  6. I would love to visit this place when I go to KL next time.
    Happy Christmas!

  7. Interesting such a high tea among the flowers.

    Merry Christmas.


  8. Looks like my kind of place! 🙂

  9. Magnifique! This is without contest my kind of place…romantic setting, love all those orchids, such a cute coffee artwork (bear) I would love to have an Afternoon Tea there 😉

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